The Greater Sydney Commission’s draft plan Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 sets out a long-term vision to create a more productive, liveable and sustainable Greater Sydney. The future of Western Sydney, defined as the South West, West and West Central Districts of Greater Sydney’s District Plans, is crucial to delivering this vision.
Western Sydney is a rapidly growing employment and residential centre with vibrant multicultural communities. It is rich in indigenous, colonial and migrant heritage, and is close to green spaces and national parks.
Over a quarter of the New South Wales population lives in Western Sydney and it continues to grow at a faster pace than the rest of the State. Employment is also growing at a faster rate than the State as a whole, and Western Sydney accounts for almost half of total housing approvals. Job opportunities will continue to grow with the construction and completion of the Western Sydney Airport.
That is why the Government is continuing to invest in hospitals, schools, roads, public transport, sporting facilities and green spaces; to address the needs of Western Sydney residents and help support a productive and thriving community.
The Government is also taking an innovative approach to planning and investment. In October 2016, the NSW Premier and Commonwealth Prime Minister signed a New South Wales City Deal Memorandum of Understanding. The Commonwealth and NSW Governments are working together with local governments across Sydney’s West and South West Districts towards a landmark City Deal agreement for Western Sydney.
The City Deal is bringing together all three levels of government in a collaborative partnership to realise the potential of Sydney’s outer west, and will focus on:
- an increase in infrastructure investment, including transformative public transport projects to unlock the economic potential of the region, reduce congestion and support local needs
- a program of employment and investment attraction to support the development of the region, through reduced business regulation, investment in skills and removing barriers to employment, including a focus on youth and indigenous employment
- improving housing affordability through support for increased supply and housing diversity, including improvements to planning and zoning regulations and medium to higher density developments in appropriate locations
- improved environmental and liveability outcomes, including streamlined and coordinated biodiversity conservation, support for clean air, green spaces, and vibrant arts and cultural experiences
- coordination between governments to deliver regulatory reforms that better integrate infrastructure, land use, housing and environmental planning decisions to facilitate growth.